Service No : JC41339H
Place of birth : Tehsil Bagh Vill(POK)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Subedar
Unit : 5 Sikh
Arm/Regt : The Sikh Regiment
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Martyrdom : December 5, 1971
Subedar Assa Singh hailed from Jammu where his family settled down during partition after migrating from Tehsil Bagh a tiny village in POK. He had inclination to serve in the Armed Forces since his younger days and consequently joined the army after completing his education. He was recruited into 5 Sikh battalion of the Sikh Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its intrepid soldiers and scores of battle honours.
After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Nirmal Kaur in the year 1954 and the couple had five children. By the year 1971, he had put in substantial years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Subedar. As the tensions with Pakistan escalated in 1971, his battalion 5 Sikh got deployed in Chhamb-Jaurian sector of J & K.
Battle of Chhamb (Indo-Pak war): 04-05 Dec 1971
During Indo-Pak war in 1971, Sub Assa Singh's unit 5 Sikh was deployed in the western sector under the operational control of 191 Infantry Brigade. The Indo-Pak war of 1971 officially commenced on 03 Dec 1971 when Pakistani Air Force attacked various air fields of the IAF. Within hours after the air attack Pakistan’s 23 Division opened Artillery fire with all its nine Regiments along a 30-40 Kms front in the Chhamb sector. Soon thereafter a well-coordinated attack with armour was launched on 191 Brigade, which was the only Brigade of 10 Division of Indian Army defending the area west of the Munawar Tawi river at that time. 5 Sikh battalion commanded by Lt Col Prem Khanna was part of the 191 Brigade and was given the task of blunting the Pakistani attack. Sub Assa Singh's Company was given the responsibility of defending one of the important approaches to the sector.
Sub Assa Singh is survived by his wife Smt Nirmal Kaur and five children.